==============================  CFJ 2156  ==============================

    Sgeo may terminate the above-quoted pledge by announcement.


Caller:                                 ais523

Judge:                                  BobTHJ

Judge:                                  root

Judge:                                  Wooble
Judgement:                              FALSE



Called by ais523:                       09 Sep 2008 19:33:40 GMT
Assigned to BobTHJ:                     14 Sep 2008 01:40:12 GMT
BobTHJ recused:                         15 Sep 2008 17:41:05 GMT
Assigned to root:                       20 Sep 2008 18:58:37 GMT
root recused:                           02 Oct 2008 06:16:55 GMT
Assigned to Wooble:                     08 Oct 2008 11:39:00 GMT
Judged FALSE by Wooble:                 08 Oct 2008 13:53:20 GMT


Caller's Arguments:

What does "This pledge may be terminated at any time." mean?
"Terminating this pledge does not violate this pledge, no matter when
the termination happens" (the meaning capital MAY would imply)? "Any
player may terminate this pledge at any time"? "Sgeo may terminate this
pledge at any time"? To me, it's unclear whether that statement is in
fact clear enough to enable the pledge to be terminated at all.


Caller's Evidence:

On Thu, 2008-09-04 at 18:45 -0400, Sgeo wrote:
> I make the following pledge
> {This is a pledge, and a public contract. Sgeo SHALL attempt to get
> Ivan Hope CXXVII to read Freefall on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays,
> to the best of Sgeo's ability to convince em to do so. This pledge may
> be terminated at any time.}


Judge Wooble's Arguments:

I judge FALSE on both.  Rule 2198 enables a contract to authorize
changes to itself only by specifying a mechanism by which the changes
are made. This contract does not specify such a mechanism.  Since the
minimum number of parties to this contract is not at least 2, changes
to the contract CAN only be made without objection.

Note that this ruling assumes that "X MAY Y by announcement" implies
"X CAN Y by announcement", and that this can be carried over from
rules to CFJ statements; I believe this interpretation was the
caller's intent and is borne out by our common usage. The statement in
the first CFJ asks if Sgeo "may" terminate the pledge by announcement.
 Provided e first announces eir intent to do so and receives no
objections, terminating the pledge by announcement violates neither
the rules nor the contract itself; it's not the case that e "may not"
terminate the pledge by announcement, but the statement that e may do
so by announcement is FALSE on the basis of the implied ability to
perform an action when a mechanism is specified. Similarly, no player
"may not" terminate the pledge by announcement, although only the
Notary or a party CAN do so without objection.